Planit, a Baltimore-based communications, marketing and interactive agency, today announces that co-founders Matt Doud and Ed Callahan are finalists for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Maryland region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and communities.

“We’re honored to be named finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award,” said Callahan. “From the beginning, Matt and I have taken a bold stance in establishing Planit as a strategically driven agency. We never set out to become another small design shop—we wanted to change how advertising is perceived in the Baltimore area. And we wanted a shot at handling big projects—relaunching a brand, coordinating an international marketing program, taking a known retail brand digital—and we’re proud to say we’ve accomplished it all.”

“We take an approach of respectful disruption with our clients,” said Doud. “But even though we’re known for challenging the status quo, we also have a strong business mindset, and we have a deep understanding of how our work affects the direction of each client’s business.”

Doud and Callahan founded Planit in 1994 with a goal of creating a different kind of ad agency—a place where ideas were central. They envisioned Planit as a partner to clients, on the front lines of solving business problems. Today, Planit provides creative solutions to a broad range of global, national and regional clients.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 25 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel.

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National award winners, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Monaco in June 2016.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit ey.com/eoy.